Jennifer Chiaverini, Kristin Harmel, & More: Historical Fiction Previews, Jul. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Troy to 1950s Cold War America but focusing on World War II, a big historical sweep.

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Ackerman, Sara. Radar Girls. Mira: Harlequin. Jul. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780778332046. pap. $16.99. WORLD WAR II

Chiaverini, Jennifer. The Women’s March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession. Morrow. Jul. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780062976000. $28.99. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL/WOMEN’S

Gaynor, Hazel & Heather Webb. Three Words for Goodbye. Morrow. Jul. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780063082335. $27.99; Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 9780062965240. pap. $16.99. lrg. prnt. WORLD WAR II

Harmel, Kristin. The Forest of Vanishing Stars. Gallery: S. & S. Jul. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781982158934. $28. CD. WORLD WAR II

Heywood, Claire. Daughters of Sparta. Dutton. Jul. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780593184356. $27. Downloadable. ANCIENT

Tanabe, Karin. A Woman of Intelligence. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781250231505. $27.99. CD. HISTORICAL

USA TODAY best-selling Ackerman’s Radar Girls tells the story of daring young Daisy Wilder, happy with her horses in Hawaii, who joins the Women’s Air Raid Defense (an actual World War II civilian organization) after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Leave it to Chiaverini (e.g., Resistance Women ) to write a book about The Women’s March featuring three brave women who marched for the vote (200,000-copy first printing). In Three Words for Goodbye, New York Times best-selling coauthors Gaynor and Webb (Meet Me in Monaco) send estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers across 1937 Europe to deliver letters written by their dying grandmother to people she has not seen for four decades. After the death in 1941 of the kidnapper who raised her in the Eastern European wilderness, a young German woman teaches a group of fleeing Jews how to survive in the forest while learning about the world’s horrors in Harmel’s The Forest of Vanishing Stars, inspired by a true story (150,000-copy first printing). A good companion to Natalie Haynes’s A Thousand Ships, Pat Barker’sThe Women of Troy, and poet Anne Carson’s graphic novel, The Trojan Women: A Comic (New Directions, May), all 2021 titles, Heywood’s Daughters of Sparta addresses the relationship between sisters Helen and Klytemnestra. In Tanabe’s Woman of Intelligence, a frustrated 1950s Manhattan wife who once worked as a translator at the UN wrenches free her cage doors by agreeing to work as an FBI informant (60,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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